Join the Hunt

50 Typos in 50 States

“Great,” you say.  “I love what you’re doing.  I want to join the Typo Eradication Advancement League too.  How can I contribute?”

Fantastic question!  We need your help in collecting the best typo correction in each state in this great nation.  We’re trying to visit a lot of states during our book tour, but we just can’t hit them all.  We could try, but we would run out of money and our girlfriends would dump us.  So send us pictures of your typo finds and corrections, to typo [at] Emphasis on the correction!  Also, emphasis on getting permission before you fix a typo!  Always get permission.

When we are done with our book tour, and when we have enough pictures from you, we will put together a new map of the United States that features the best typo correction in each state, and mention our heroic typo hunters that made it all possible.  This will be our 50 Typos in 50 States, a beautiful symbol of what we can all do when we band together for better spelling and grammar.

61 Responses to Join the Hunt

  1. Sonia Jaffe Robbins says:

    This is old, and I don’t have a photo, but I once saw a printed sign in a store window reading: LADIE’S SLIPPERS

  2. Kevin Winchell says:

    In Florida, you can’t walk without tripping over typos. My favorite was a local church that encouraged people to “become organ donators”.

  3. Karen L. says:

    Hi – saw you all on CBS News Sunday Morning today. Great segment!

    Wanted to let you all know of a sign I saw on an outing in Kansas City, KS a month or so ago. It’s located on the Lewis & Clark Trail and states “Smile Your On Camera” (should be You’re). I took a picture and would be more than willing to share it as well as exact location.

    Keep up the good work!

  4. Teresa Callahan says:

    This one bugs me so much that I simply found a new gas station so that I don’t have to see the error!

    Sign in the window: “We EXCEPT EBT cards.”

  5. Ginger says:

    Driving past a McDonalds the sign said “__losers wanted”…what I would have done for a camera or a “C”!

  6. Penelope Fenton says:

    I appreciate your task and am appalled by the misspellings and poor (or no) punctuation but, I have to ask, how can you improve education when “Toys R Us” (with backward R) and public signs as, “no thru street,” are perpetuated by business and government?

  7. Tina S. says:

    This was a handwritten sign posted on the beer cooler at a local supermarket:

    “We are not responsible for Typical Graphical Errors in our Weekly Ad. The Keystone 30pk Regular or Light Beer that is in our Ad for $9.99 is a Typical Graphical Error…” (I do have a picture.)

    Unfortunately, these errors do seem to be typical! Keep up the good work.

  8. Megan L says:

    Great one I stumbled upon today at work. This was a checklist that was to be completed as part of gathering up a data package to send to us with the hardware we purchased:

    “Check for Legibility, Spelling, and Typo’s”

    It hurts me even just to type that out.

  9. Amy says:

    How about matt for mat?

  10. Deborah Dash says:

    Thought you might be interested in this fiasco that took place in my town back in 2004-2005. There were a half-dozen stories in the San Francisco Chronicle about it, listed here in reverse chronological order:

    Briefly, we got a new library, and an artist was commissioned, at a cost of $40K, to install a large ceramic work on the ground outside the entrance. Unfortunately, she couldn’t spell worth a darn (“Eistein,” for one) and didn’t bother to check her work:

    “She admits noticing ‘Einstein’ was misspelled but choosing to go forward anyway.

    “‘I just wasn’t that concerned,’ she said.”

    Really? At a LIBRARY?

    The city then paid her an extra $6K plus expenses to come back and correct the errors because state law bars the city from removing or changing public art without the creator’s consent. She didn’t even want to do that because she said people had been mean about it.

    She finally did fix it the following year, but every time I go to the library I’m outraged all over again.

  11. Valentina says:

    Jeff and Benjamin,Your book was so engrossing that I had to rsiset devouring it in one sitting. I have (gently) informed newspaper reporters and columnists over the years of misspellings or incorrect uses of words, e.g., ying instead of yin and gentile when genteel was intended!I’ve seen the fine print at the bottom of certain restaurant menus talk about the risks of food-bourne (calling Matt Damon!) illness instead of food-borne. I did leave a note to this effect at one of those restaurants.I also once sent a letter to top Target executives (which of course they never responded to) about this message that appears on at least one door of their store in Woodinville, WA (and perhaps nationwide):DISTRACTION FREE SHOPPING [needs a hyphen, but let that go]OUT OF RESPECT FOR OUR GUEST’S SHOPPING EXPERIENCE, WE DON’T PERMIT SOLICITATION REGARDLESS OF THE ISSUE.Only one customer a day, apparently, at this Target store!Would love to meet you guys if you ever make it to Seattle again.Cheers,Randy Hilfman

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